C. S. Lewis

C. S. Lewis

Very few people touch their world as C. S. Lewis did. Over fifty books have been published to his credit including: Mere Christianity, The Problem of Pain, The Great Divorce, and Surprised By Joy. Annual book sales remain over two million—half of which comes from The Chronicles of Narnia, written for children.

However, Lewis's greatest achievement was not in an academic sense, but in the university of life. In a time when modern western civilization was entering the "post-Christian" era, Lewis dared to challenge the minds behind modernism and liberal theology. Author David Barratt says Lewis's finest achievement was the ability "to bring old truth and give it new relevancy and vitality in a secular age, and to challenge the new complacencies . . ."

While he was an intellectual scholar and philosopher, Lewis saw himself as "a layman's layman who knew very little." Friends say he never lost sight that the majority of his audience consisted of ordinary people, not philosophical scholars.

C. S. Lewis (Clive Staples), or Jack Lewis as he preferred to be called, was born in Belfast, Ireland in 1898. He was one of two sons of Albert and Flora Lewis. His mother died when he was ten. His father, feeling the weight of her death, placed Lewis in a boarding school where he joined his older brother, Warren. Later he attended Malvern College, which he soon left to attend (on a scholarship) University College, the oldest of the Oxford colleges.

In 1917, he enlisted in the service but was allowed to remain at Oxford until he was commissioned as a second lieutenant and assigned to frontline action in WWI. After being wounded and discharged, Lewis resumed his studies where he graduated at the top of his class. With no philosophy teaching posts available, Lewis entered a fourth year at Oxford College where he met a Christian student whose influence led to his conversion.

Lewis began reading the works of Christian authors. He particularly admired George Macdonald, a Scottish Christian writer. In his writings, Lewis found a quality of holiness he had not seen before. The works of John Milton, especially Paradise Lost, intrigued him as did the close friendship he shared with JRR Tolkien, who wrote The Lord of The Rings. In 1925, Lewis received an post in English fellowship at Magdalen College at Oxford. After finishing the Narnia series, Lewis continued to write on autobiographical and religious subjects, but less prolifically. Mainly he was preoccupied with the health crises of his wife, Joy Gresham, whom he married in 1956 and who died of cancer in 1960.

After her death, Lewis's own health deteriorated, and in the summer of 1963 he resigned his post at Cambridge. His death, which occurred on November 22nd, 1963—the same day President Kennedy was assassinated—was only quietly noted. He is remembered, however, by readers the world over, whom he has delighted and inspired for generations.

The following is compiled by Santa Cruz Books, a company that specializes in early editions of Lewis, Tolkien, and Chesterton. I think they know what they're talking about!

Looking for a biography on C. S.Lewis? Here is a short list of some of my favorites in no particular order. There are many others that discuss particular aspects of his life and are excellent resources.

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A Pilgrim in Narnia
A journey through the imaginative worlds of C.S. Lewis, J.R.R. Tolkien, and the Inklings
Lewisiana website by Arend Smilde
A dutch site with a LOT of helpful info!
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An adapted spreadsheet from A Pilgrim in Narnia
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125 Items found
Abolition of Man
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Philosophy/Religion for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
All My Road Before Me
by C. S. Lewis
Reprint from HarperOne
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$19.99
Allegory of Love
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$24.99
Book of Narnians
by C. S. Lewis, text compiled by James Riordan, illustrated by Pauline D. Baynes
from Collins
in Exploring Narnia (Location: LIR-NAR)
Boxen
by C. S. Lewis, Major Warren Hamilton Lewis
1st edition from HarperCollins
for 4th-Adult
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Bread and Wine
by C. S. Lewis, Henri Nouwen, et al
from Orbis Books
for 10th-Adult
in Easter & Lent (Location: HOLIDAY)
Business of Heaven
by C.S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
C. S. Lewis at the Breakfast Table
New edition from Harvest Books
for Adult
in Biographies (Location: BIO)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
C. S. Lewis: The Academic Collection
by C. S. Lewis
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$140.69
C. S. Lewis: The Essay Collection
by C. S. Lewis
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
C. S. Lewis: The Personal Collection
by C. S. Lewis
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$91.94
C. S. Lewis: The Poetry & Fiction Collection
by C. S. Lewis
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$111.92
C. S. Lewis: The Signature Classics Audio Collection
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperAudio
for 10th-Adult
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: CD-AUDIO)
$59.99
C. S. Lewis: The Signature Classics Boxed Set
by C. S. Lewis
Box from HarperOne
for 9th-Adult
in Boxed Sets & Literature Packages (Location: FIC-BOX)
$120.00
C. S. Lewis: The Ultimate Collection
by C. S. Lewis
for 3rd-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$634.03
C.S. Lewis Readings for Meditation and Reflection
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperOne
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$7.50 (1 in stock)
Christian Reflections
by C. S. Lewis
from William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
Chronicles of Narnia - Audio Book Set
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for 2nd-9th grade
in Audio Books & Dramas (Location: CD-AUDIO)
$75.00
Chronicles of Narnia - Comprehension Guide
by Ned Bustard
from Veritas Press
for 3rd-6th grade
in Veritas Press Literature Guides (Location: LITSG-VP)
$35.00
Chronicles of Narnia - Deluxe Hardcover Boxed Set
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Boxed Sets & Literature Packages (Location: FIC-BOX)
$120.00
Chronicles of Narnia - Mass-Market Boxed Set
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Boxed Sets & Literature Packages (Location: FIC-BOX)
$55.00
Chronicles of Narnia - Quality Softcover Boxed Set
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Boxed Sets & Literature Packages (Location: FIC-BOX)
Chronicles of Narnia Official Coloring Book
by C. S. Lewis, Pauline D. Baynes
Clr Csm from HarperCollins
for 6th-Adult
in Literary & Fantasy Coloring Books (Location: COL-LIT)
$16.99
Collected Poems of C. S. Lewis
by C. S. Lewis
from Kent State University Press
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
Dark Tower
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$13.99
Discarded Image
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
Medieval and Renaissance Lit Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$19.99
English Literature in the 16th Century (OHEL)
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$39.99
Experiment in Criticism
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from Cambridge University
Literature Guide/Resource for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$19.99
Four Loves
by C. S. Lewis
from Harcourt
Philosophy for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$8.00 (1 in stock)
Four Loves
Reissue from HarperOne
for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
George MacDonald
by C. S. Lewis
from Touchstone
Devotional Material for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
George MacDonald
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Devotional Material for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$13.99
George MacDonald: 365 Readings
by C. S. Lewis, selections from George MacDonald
from Collier Books
Devotional Material for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
God in the Dock
by C. S. Lewis
from Eerdmans
Religion/Philosophy for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$18.00
Great Divorce
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegory for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
Grief Observed
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Death/Grief for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
Horse and His Boy
Chronicles of Narnia Book 3
by Lewis, C. S.
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$9.99 $6.00 (4 in stock)
Horse and His Boy
Chronicles of Narnia Book 3
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.99 $4.50 (1 in stock)
Horse and His Boy
by C. S. Lewis
Reprint from HarperCollins
for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Horse and His Boy
Chronicles of Narnia Book 5
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Horse and His Boy
Chronicles of Narnia Book 5
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Image and Imagination
Canto Classics
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$14.99
Last Battle
Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$9.00 (1 in stock)
Last Battle
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Last Battle
Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.99 $5.00 (5 in stock)
Last Battle
Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$2.50 (1 in stock)
Last Battle
Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
1956 Carnegie Medal
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.99 $6.00 (1 in stock)
Last Battle
Chronicles of Narnia Book 7
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Letters of C.S. Lewis
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$19.99
Letters to Children
by C. S. Lewis
from Charles Scribner's Sons
Autobiographical Letters for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$16.00
Letters to Malcolm: Chiefly on Prayer
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperCollins
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$13.99
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
by C. S. Lewis, illustrated by Pauline Baynes
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$5.00 (1 in stock)
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$9.99
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$11.99
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for 4th-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$10.00 (1 in stock)
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Chronicles of Narnia Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
for 4th-7th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - MP Student Guide
by C. S. Lewis
from Memoria Press
for 5th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$13.50
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - MP Teacher Guide
from Memoria Press
for 5th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$13.50 $9.00 (1 in stock)
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - Memoria Press Literature Set
from Memoria Press
for 4th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe - TLP Guide
Total Language Plus Literature Guides
by Barbara Blakey
from Total Language Plus
for 5th-6th Grade
in Total Language Plus Guides (Location: LITSG-TLP)
Magician's Nephew
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
for 3rd-8th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Magician's Nephew
Chronicles of Narnia Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$9.99
Magician's Nephew
Chronicles of Narnia Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.99
Magician's Nephew
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
for 3rd-8th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Magician's Nephew - MP Student Guide
by C. S. Lewis
1st edition from Memoria Press
for 5th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$13.50
Magician's Nephew - MP Teacher Guide
1st edition from Memoria Press
for 5th grade
in Memoria Press Literature & Poetry (Location: LITSG-MP)
$13.50
Mere Christianity
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Religion/Philosophy for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
Mind Awake
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 10th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
Miracles
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Religion/Philosophy for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$16.99
Narrative Poems
by C. S. Lewis
Reprint from HarperOne
Narrative Poetry for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$14.99
Of Other Worlds
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$13.99
On Stories
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$13.99
On the Incarnation
by Athanasius
from St. Vladimir's
Ancient/Medieval Theology for 11th-Adult
in Medieval Literature (Location: LIT2-MED)
$17.00
Out of the Silent Planet
Space Trilogy Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
from Charles Scribner's Sons
Allegorical Science Fiction for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$16.00
Out of the Silent Planet
Space Trilogy Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
from Charles Scribner's Sons
Allegorical Science Fiction for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$24.00
Out of the Silent Planet
Space Trilogy Book 1
by C. S. Lewis
46th Printing from Collier Books
for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
Perelandra
Space Trilogy Book 2
by C. S. Lewis
from Charles Scribner's Sons
Allegorical Science Fiction for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$25.00
Perelandra
Space Trilogy Book 2
by C. S. Lewis
from Charles Scribner's Sons
Allegorical Science Fiction for 8th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$16.99
Personal Heresy
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$14.99
Pilgrim's Regress
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from Eerdmans
Allegory for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
Poems
by C. S. Lewis
Reissue from HarperOne
Lyrical Poetry for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$13.99
Poetry and Prose in the Sixteenth Century
by C. S. Lewis
from Oxford University
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
Preface to Paradise Lost
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$23.99
Present Concerns
by C. S. Lewis
Reprint from HarperOne
for 11th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$12.99
Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$12.00 (1 in stock)
Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia Book 2
by C. S. Lewis
1972 Printing from Collier Books
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Prince Caspian
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-12th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$6.00 (1 in stock)
Prince Caspian
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for 2nd-6th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.99
Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$8.99
Prince Caspian
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$9.99
Problem of Pain
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Religion/Philosophy for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$16.99
Reflections on the Psalms
by C. S. Lewis
Reprint from HarperOne
for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$13.99
Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis
Annotated from HarperOne
for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$28.99
Screwtape Letters
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegory/Religion for 9th-Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$17.99
Selected Literary Essays
by C. S. Lewis
from Cambridge University
for Adult
in 20th & 21st Century Literature (Location: LIT7-20)
$18.95
Silver Chair
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
Silver Chair
Chronicles of Narnia Book 4
by C. S. Lewis
from Macmillan
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Vintage Fiction & Literature (Location: VIN-FIC)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
Silver Chair
Chronicles of Narnia Book 6
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
Allegorical Fantasy for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$7.99
Silver Chair
by C. S. Lewis
from HarperCollins
for 3rd-9th grade
in Fantasy Fiction (Location: FIC-FAN)
$3.50 (1 in stock)
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